The load a circuit is to carry determines the appropriate size circuit breaker. For safety, the total circuit load should be 80 percent of the breaker's capacity. This allows for factors such as ambient temperature and i... More »

Electrical code calls for a dedicated 20-amp breaker for the laundry room. This circuit provides sufficient power for the washer and a gas dryer. The code allows more than one outlet on the laundry circuit, but it requir... More »

To change a circuit breaker, switch off the main circuit breaker, and unscrew the load terminal wire. Remove the old breaker, and reverse the sequence used to remove it to install the new one. Use a voltage tester, a scr... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Electrical

The size of circuit breaker in a main panel varies depending upon all of the devices to be supplied by the circuit. The amp load of all devices should be added together, explains The Home Depot. If the load of a device i... More »

While there is no specific limit to the number of electrical outlets that can be installed on a single 15 amp breaker, the total load cannot exceed 1,800 watts. This number is calculated by multiplying the standard volta... More »

To wire a breaker box, attach the grounding wire to the metal bar with setscrews, remove 1/2 inch of insulation from the wires, insert them into the circuit breaker, and push on the circuit breaker to lock it into place.... More »

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information on Stab-Lok circuit breaker safety on its website, The commission completed an investigation of these circuit breakers in 1983, concluding that there ... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Electrical